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Russian journalists report the facts about Ukraine. Why do Russians ignore them?

By Anton Shirikov

03 Mar 2022 · 4 min read

TV Rain, Russia's most prominent independent television channel, suspended operations Thursday. Over the weekend, Russia's Roskomnadzor threatened TV Rain and other Russian news outlets over their coverage of the war in Ukraine. The official communications and media regulator then blocked Russians' access to TV Rain and an independent radio station, Echo of Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's domestic propaganda machine has been working night and day to convince Russians that Ukraine and NATO provoked Russia's "special military operation," calling it a "liberation campaign" to purge Ukraine of Nazis. Most Russians get their news from state media, and observers have expressed alarm that many Russians seem to believe the Kremlin's hastily cobbled together fabrications.

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